If you applied to register a power of attorney with the Office of the Public Guardian between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 you can claim back part the registration fee paid at the time.

The refunds will typically be between £45-£54 per person.

As part of the Ministry of Justice, the OPG has to 'cost neutral' but due to the increasing number of applications to register Enduring Powers of Attorney (created before 2007) and Lasting Powers of Attorney an £89 million surplus has built up which has to be repaid.

The OPG reduced the cost of registration fees last year to avoid future build up of funds but must now deal with historic overpayments.

The refund can be claimed either by the person who created the power of attorney (the 'Donor') or the person they appointed to act for them (the 'Attorney'). 

You can submit your refund claim online at www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund but if the donor has died or in some other circumstances you will need to claim by phone.